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									                       Small Group Edification
                                Edification 3
                                To Do Good

                  Introductory Notes for the Facilitator

Focus Thought
       Jesus taught that care must be extended to those who cannot
care for themselves. The challenge to care must reach across all
barriers.

Focus Verse
Luke 6:33, New King James Version
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to
you? For even sinners do the same.

Background Notes for the Group Facilitator
       Bring some ideas for a group ministry project to embark on when
this session is concluded. Act in faith that your group will want to care for
another hurting soul.

Suggested Meeting Schedule
     Open with Prayer
     Icebreaker (5 minutes)
     Optional Worship Session (5-10 minutes)
     Edification (5-10 minutes)
     Discussion (20-30 minutes)
     Wrap-up and Reflection (10 minutes) soft background music suggested here
     Share Prayer Needs for the Week
     Close with Prayer




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                             To Do Good
                        Small Group Edification

Icebreaker (5 minutes)
       As a kid, did you help others or did you make fun when someone
fell down on the playground? Is life as an adult that much different than
as a kid at school on the playground? What can be done to help kids not
make fun of the less fortunate or the ones that are not as beautiful as the
rest?

Edification (5-10 minutes)
        Although people have good intentions, they usually
take care of themselves more than they take care of
others. The Bible is replete with admonitions of caring for
our fellow man and being committed to caring for the poor
and the needy. Mankind is more often than not, self-
centered. Jesus taught a completely radical principle:
deny self and reach out to others. He told believers that
they should care for others even when there is nothing to
be gained in return.
        The story is told of the Good Samaritan and the
man who fell among thieves along the road to Jericho.
We can make the parallel that we were the person who
was going to die without help and God stepped in and
lifted us from the side of the road and redeemed us with
His blood. (See Luke 10:30-37.)
        Jesus provided an excellent model of care giving. Hebrews 4:15-
16 says that He is as close as the mention of His name. He came to this
earth with one goal in mind: to die on a cross for the sins of a fallen man
who could not save himself. He came to the disciples to speak peace
over a frightening stormy sea. When He came upon an ill man by the
pool of Bethesda, He was touched by the man’s helplessness and healed
the man. When we are helpless in our humanity, then Jesus comes and
touches us, heals us and saves us.
        Jesus also taught His followers to love their enemies. It is easy to
love them who are good to you but the tables are turned when people
use you and talk behind your back. Jesus went about doing good even
when His own people did not receive Him. (See John 1:11.) Jesus taught
believers to respond with kindness when persecuted. Jesus said to go
the extra mile for those who ask for one mile and gave the example of
going an extra mile if someone asks. (See Matthew 5:39-41.)
        The story of the Good Samaritan is well-known. (See Luke 10:30-
37.) The religious people acted as if touching the man might contaminate
them. Just as they made a choice on the road that day, believers make a
choice daily whether or not to bless their fellow man with kindness.
Believers must take the challenge offered by Jesus and rise to the



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occasion and show Jesus to the world by our kindness and caring when
others pass by on the other side.

Luke 6:27-33; Luke 10:30-37, New King James
Version
27 "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who
hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And
from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away
your goods do not ask them back.
31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For
even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to
you? For even sinners do the same.

30 Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his
clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he
saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked,
and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And
when he saw him, he had compassion.
34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine;
and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care
of him.
35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii’s, gave
them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever
more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'
36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell
among the thieves?"
37 And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him,
"Go and do likewise."

Discussion (20-30 minutes)
       1. Read Luke 6:27-33. Summarize the important points from the
passage.
       2. Read Luke 10:30-37. Discuss the story of the Good Samaritan.
What are the important points to remember about this parable?
       3. What does the word “empathy” mean to the group? Check a
dictionary if necessary.




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        4. “Empathy is feeling your pain in my heart.” How does that quote
fit your definition of empathy?
        5. Even though there was a social barrier between the Jews and
the Samaritans, Jesus ministered to both. Jesus ignored the social rules
of that day just as the Samaritan man did when he stopped and tended to
the wounded man on the roadside. Discuss the similarities between
these examples.
        6. In Acts 10:44-48, salvation was opened to the Gentiles of the
world. The Jews had wrongly thought salvation was only for them.
Discuss how social rules of our day try to govern who is reached and
who is cared about by certain sects of society.
        7. The church must function as a refuge and an emergency room
for the wounded of this world. (See Luke 14:23.) Discuss how the church
must function in order to reach the wounded of your city.
        8. Although it is human nature to care only for ourselves, we must
reach out to all sections of society. What sections are most often left out
of our outreach efforts?
        9. What are the most neglected people of our world today? What
is your local church doing to reach them?
        10. What does your local church do on a weekly or monthly basis
to take church outside the four walls of the sanctuary? Why is this vital
for the church to be blessed?

Reflection and Wrap-Up
        Have we become too wrapped up in our own
righteousness to minister to a hurting person? Have we
become to “holy” to touch the unclean of our society?
        What are you thinking God is calling you to do this
week to reach out to the neglected ones of your local
city? The troubled teens at the juvenile center? The
incarcerated? The sick in the hospital? The homeless
man on the corner with the sign that you avoid making
eye contact with as you turn into the area shopping mall?
        What are the rewards for doing good? God is a
rewarder of them who seek Him. God will bless your
efforts toward the wounded, the helpless, the unwanted
ones of your city. Make the first move and God will bless
you beyond what you can imagine.
        Take five minutes of this quiet, reflective time to
examine your heart while the music plays softly.
        Take five minutes for prayer needs.
        Close with prayer.
        Optional: Time of fellowship with light snacks.




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